Sri Lanka

As part of the current research cycle, we hope to catalyze the innovation ecosystems that will make applications based on smartphones and other ICTs widely available to contribute to independent living by persons with disabilities (PWDs) in Sri Lanka.

Through this project, we seek to:

  1. Document challenges faced by PWDs through mini-ethnographies, focused group discussions, in-depth interviews, and key informant interviews to understand in-depth how disabled people live their lives, the short and long-term challenges they face, and their understandings of “independence.”
  2. Envision along with the beneficiaries, the solutions and conditions that would enable them to live more independent lives (as defined by the beneficiaries themselves).
  3. Categorize the identified problems and possible solutions into ICT-based solutions/assistive technologies and analog complements.
  4. Support the co-creation of ICT-enabled solutions/assistive technologies.


A research advisory board has been appointed, specifically to:

  • Provide input on the research instruments
  • Provide feedback on research findings
  • Provide input on policy briefs

LIRNEasia comments on the proposed Cyber Security Bill for Sri Lanka - 2019
Sri Lanka performs poorly on digital indicators, awareness of internet and related services does not translate to use, and the majority of social media users in Sri Lanka think that blocking social media during times of national unrest "is the right thing to do".
Presented by Helani Galpaya, Ayesha Zainudeen and Tharaka Amarasinghe on 22 May 2019 in Colombo, Sri Lanka
AfterAccess: ICT access and use in Asia and the Global South (Version 3.0)
ICT contribution to Sri Lanka’s and the region’s logistics sector Professor Rohan Samarajiva (drawing from Abu Saeed Khan; After Access Team & Shazna Zuhyle of LIRNEasia & ITU-ESCAP) Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport Sri Lanka, 19 September 2018
After a weeklong blackout, the Sri Lankan government lifted its nationwide ban on social media on Thursday. Facebook and several other platforms had been shut down after days of violence targeting Muslims in the Kandy district, a popular destination for tourists and pilgrims.